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Public sector voted one of the most popular careers by young people

New research of 18 to 25 year-olds has revealed the public sector to be one of the most appealing industries to build a long-term career.

When asked to rank 10 of the most common industries to work in, young people placed the public sector in fourth place, ahead of industries like legal and tech.

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The Cabinet Secretary has appointed Cat Little as the new Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Secretary was pleased to announce last week the appointment of Cat Little as the new Civil Service Chief Operating Officer and Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office.

Cat Little

Cat, who is currently Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury and Head of the Government Finance Function, was appointed by the Cabinet

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Government learning lessons about AI from GOV.UK Chat experiment

By Sascha Giese, Tech Evangelist, SolarWinds

The Government Digital Service (GDS) – part of the Cabinet Office responsible for digital transformation in the UK – is exploring how generative artificial intelligence (AI) could improve the user experience of the government’s website.

Public sector IT experts are using generative large language models (LLMs) – the

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Tackling digital infrastructure deficits in South and East London

Over 150,000* premises in south and east London do not have access to high speed – Gigabit capable – internet connections.

Contrary to perception, hundreds of thousands of addresses in London are affected by slow digital connectivity, causing digital inequalities that impede the lives of people and businesses.

The ‘Sub-regional Digital Infrastructure Strategy’ launched

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Calls for greater data-led efficiency in the public sector

The Information Commissioner’s Office has just gone out to public consultation on its new data strategy.The ICO teamed up with Oakland, an independent data consultancy, to develop its data strategy using the Government’s new Data Maturity Assessment for Government framework.The data strategy sets out a clear vision for responsible innovation in the use of

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UK PUBLIC SECTOR HARBOURS HIDDEN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ‘DEFICIT’

Almost all UK central and local government organisations are skipping key steps necessary to deliver successful major transformation programmes, according to new research from ArvatoConnect. ArvatoConnect provides customer experience and business optimisation services to public and private organisations.  The findings show that the majority of organisations don’t set key performance benchmarks, secure citizen and

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The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships for Cybersecurity

SolarWinds Vice President, Government Affairs Chip Daniels

In early December 2020, nation-state threat actors exploited SolarWinds software in an unprecedented cyberattack – an event known today simply as SUNBURST.

It shone a light on the concerning new reality for the software industry – that previously unforeseeable attacks were becoming increasingly sophisticated, striking at

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Want to improve NHS productivity? Start by addressing its legacy IT

The state of NHS infrastructure and legacy systems has started to attract attention from organisations worried about falling productivity. The Highland Marketing advisory board asked what it will take to fix the issues, against a backdrop of more funding being diverted from digital to “the frontline.”  

The NHS is heading for a significant financial

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AVC Wise Secures Place on UK’s First Salary Sacrifice AVC Framework

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) service provider, AVC Wise Ltd. (AVC Wise), has been awarded a place on the UK’s first and only Salary Sacrifice AVC Framework, and as the only approved supplier on the framework.

Portsmouth City Council has launched the new framework meaning other public sector organisations can seamlessly enter

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Three Ways Observability Can Help Address Public Sector IT Complexity

Sascha Giese, tech evangelist, SolarWinds

Sascha Giese

A well-executed home renovation goes beyond cosmetic repairs and surface-level aesthetics by delving into the structural bones of a home. This approach not only revitalises the house’s appearance but also enhances its overall efficiency and maintenance. Meaningful digital transformation also requires such an approach.

However, a recent

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How to know your citizens (KYC) and prevent fraud

Autumn 2023 Cover story – by Barley Laing, UK Managing Director at Melissa

Barley Laing

The public sector has long been considered a soft target by fraudsters. This is backed up by data from the Cabinet Office which highlights that fraud and error in public spending are estimated to cost taxpayers up to £51.8

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UK Tech Firm Bridgeworks Showcases AI WAN Acceleration at British Embassy in Washington DC

The British Embassy in Washington DC recently hosted a Thought Leadership event and reception and invited a select number of British companies to showcase artificial intelligence (AI) and zero trust architecture (ZTA) solutions.

Left to right: David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks and Jamie Eykyn, Chairman of Bridgeworks, outside the British Embassy in

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Tarian Technology Announces Partnership with Ploughshare to Bring Revolutionary Cybersecurity Products to the Market

Tarian Technology, a Wales-based provider of cybersecurity solutions and commercial spin-out of Exsel Electronics, announces today a ground-breaking licensing agreement with Ploughshare, the commercial face of the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Labs (Dstl), for the use of game-changing cybersecurity products.  

The partnership brings together years of work between Exsel Electronics and

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Driving efficiency, saving time, and saving money – how automation can benefit the public sector

The 2023 Spring Budget depicted a further £21.6 billion in unannounced cuts to public services by 2027/28*. In line with this, we’ve seen technology budgets slashed across the sector, with NHS tech funding falling below the £1 billion mark**. As such, the public sector must find new and innovative ways to maintain the supply and

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District Council issues a Stop Notice to the Home Office at Scampton

West Lindsey District Council’s enforcement officers have today served an Enforcement Notice and a Stop Notice to the Home Office, which calls for all work to cease at RAF Scampton.

It means that all activity using the site as accommodation for asylum seekers must stop, pursuant to section 172 and 183 of the Town and

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John Pye Appointed to Multi-Million Pound Emergency Services Framework

National auction house John Pye & Sons Limited has secured a four-year nationwide framework worth up to £50,000,000 to oversee the disposal and auction of end-of-life emergency service or “Blue Light” vehicles.

The ‘Framework for the Provision of Auction and Disposal of End-of-Life Vehicles and Items’ was awarded by BlueLight Commercial, an organisation established by

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Unit4 Studies: Organisations Adopting Shared Services to Drive Transformation

Leading public sector and professional services organisations look to shared services model to improve core business functions, data compatibility and real-time analytics

Unit4, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for people-centric organisations, today highlighted key trends in shared services adoption among public sector and professional services organisations (PSO), drawing on data from

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Blackhawk Network approved for third Crown Commercial Service Framework

Blackhawk Network(BHN), the global market leader in payments, rewards and incentives, has been awarded a third Crown Commercial Service Framework. Cyclescheme, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHN, has been approved to join the (CCS) RM6273 Employee Benefits & Services Framework.

With Cyclescheme, the UK’s leading Cycle to Work provider, employees can save up to 42%

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Government suicide prevention fund for charity sector to be boosted

Multi-million-pound fund for charity sector to carry out crucial work – alongside the NHS – to save lives and tackle tragedy of suicide Government calls on charities across England to apply for funding to continue supporting tens of thousands of people experiencing suicidal thoughts Comes alongside expected £13.6 billion this year to transform the

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Why the Government’s Energy Bill Support Scheme for Northern Ireland has revealed Post Office is perfectly placed to ‘own’ the bill payments & cash disbursal space

An impressive 500,000 energy vouchers dispatched within four weeks and ahead of schedule.

A staggering £600m of cash distributed across post offices at speed, meticulous behind-the-scenes planning and postmasters who proved to be local heroes for their communities.

The results speak for themselves: With a redemption rate of almost 100%, it’s clear the Northern Ireland

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